Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Above the Shadows (2019): Here’s a plot you don’t see every day: an invisible woman helps a disgraced MMA fighter get his career back. Critics suggest there’s a reason you don’t see this plot every day. Above the Shadows official Facebook page.
Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019): This sequel to the Nazis-on-the-moon original finds survivors of the nuclear apocalypse burrowing into the hollow earth in search of a better life. Like the Nazis, this series still has some life left in it. Iron Sky: The Coming Race official site.
Luz (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ review. Per Giles, “This tightly packed little nightmare bursts at the seams with dark visions, psychological overlaps, and camera work that stays on the deeply menacing side of surreal.” Impressive that this low-budget German film got a bi-coastal limited release. Luz official site (in German).
She’s Just a Shadow (2019): Read our review. Fans of and may want to seek out this grindhouse-y, extreme, nudity-filled tribute to yakuza films set in Tokyo’s cinematic prostitution underworld. She’s Just a Shadow official Facebook page.
FILM FESTIVALS – Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA, July 18-28):
Outfest is not a festival we’d usually cover, but weird films can turn up anywhere. To wit:
- Holy Trinity – Read our review. This story about a paint-huffing dominatrix who can speak to the dead debuts tonight, July 19 only, at 9:30 PM.
NEW ON NETFLIX:
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein (2019): 30-minute absurdist mockumentary about an actor (David Harbour, playing a version of himself) who discovers that his father wrote a play about Frankenstein. Wired suggests that this one-off might signify that “Netflix has just accepted that it’s created a huge, growing appetite for bizarro content and now must feed its subscribers weirder and weirder offerings, forever.” We can only pray it’s so. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein on Netflix.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Mountain Rest (2018): Read our review. Alex O Eaton’s directorial debut features a great indie cast (Natalia Dyer, ) and light weirdness. The Blu-ray (and DVD) are branded as a “special edition,” but there’s no description of what distinguishes them from the April 2019 release. Buy Mountain Rest
Relaxer (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ review and listen to our interview with director Joel Potrykus. The Detroit auteur’s latest minimalist take concerns a slacker who makes a bet he won’t leave his couch until he beats a Pac Man high score. Buy Relaxer.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Boston, MA, 7/19 – Last Year at Marienbad [L’Année Dernière à Marienbad] (1961). At the Museum of Fine Arts.
- Boston, MA, 7/20 (midnight) – Cemetery Man [Dellamorte Dellamore] (1994). At Coolidge Corner Theatre.
- Chicago, IL, 7/19-7/25 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). At Music Box Theatre.
- Chicago, IL, 7/19 & 7/24 – Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966). At the Gene Siskel Film Center.
- Los Angeles, CA, 7/20 – Stalker (1979). At the Egyptian Theatre.
- Minneapolis, MN, 7/19-7/20 (midnights) – Spirited Away (2001) (subtitled). At the Uptown Theatre.
- New York City, NY, 7/19-7/20 – Brazil (1985). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 7/19-7/20 (midnights) – A Scanner Darkly (2006). At Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg).
- New York City, NY, 7/19-7/20 (midnights) – Mulholland Drive (2001). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 7/19 (midnight), 7/20-7/21 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 7/20 – Donnie Darko (2001). At Lincoln Center.
- New York City, NY, 7/23 – The Company of Wolves (1984). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- Oakland, CA, 7/19-7/20, 7/24 – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). At the New Parkway Theater.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 7/19-7/25 – Twelve Monkeys (1995). At Row House Cinema.
- San Francisco, CA, 7/20 –2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At the Roxie.
- Santa Ana, CA, 7/24-7/25 – Black Swan (2010). At the Frida Cinema.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At the Rio Theatre.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada – Solaris [Solyaris] (1972). At the Rio Theatre.
FREE WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week we turn the site over to Giles Edwards for his continued updates on what’s premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival. That should whet your appetite for some strange films when they (hopefully) roll out during the coming year. (Luz, seen above and debuting in American theaters this week, was a 2018 Fantasia find). Onward and weirdward!
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.